While Celtic had a disappointing transfer window overall with manger Brendan Rodgers not able to land certain targets and Moussa Dembele leaving on deadline day, the club were still able to bring in a few decent additions.
Odsonne Edouard joined the Bhoys from Paris Saint-Germain on a permanent deal during the summer after a successful loan spell at Celtic Park last season, and long-term target Filip Benkovic was brought in from Leicester City for the campaign.
On top of that, the promising Daniel Arzani is also spending the term at Celtic after leaving parent club Manchester City on loan. The 19-year-old, however, has barely featured for Rodgers, which is quite surprising given the cry for signings just a few months ago.
Rodgers was left frustrated by the Celtic Park hierarchy’s failure to get more deals over the line (via Daily Mail), yet the ex-Liverpool boss has failed to fully utilise what his club were actually able to bring in with Arzani firmly on the periphery during a time where he could probably be quite the asset.
Celtic have lacked invention and a bit of spark in a few of their SPL games thus far and, if Arzani’s recent display for the Australia national team is anything to go by, then he definitely could have been a possible solution both then and going forward.
The winger made quite the impression in his 25-minute cameo in Australia’s 4-0 friendly win over Kuwait leaving Fox Sports baffled by his Celtic exclusion in their review of the Socceroos’ latest victory.
“What a player this kid is,” were the initial words of Fox Sports (via Daily Record) on Arzani’s performance. “Exciting from the minute he entered the field of play, as he displayed trademark speed and agility to torment the Kuwait defence. Created a great chance just four minutes into being on the pitch… how isn’t he getting a chance at Celtic?!”
While Kuwait are hardly the strongest of oppositions and defences in Scotland will undoubtedly provide harder tests, Arzani is a player who could add some fresh impetus into the Celtic side.
Rodgers — with much reason to — made a lot of noise about transfers or a lack of them during the summer. But in the future, he will not have too much to complain about if he continues to overlook additions such as Arzani.